The Info List - Christingle

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A CHRISTINGLE is a symbolic object used in the Advent
services of many Christian denominations .

means 'Christ Light' and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the " Light of the World ".

Used primarily for Advent
and Christmas
, it is also used for Epiphany .


The authentic origins of the Christingle
can be found on the website of the Moravian Church in the British Province.

The history of the Christingle
can be traced back to Bishop Johannes de Watteville, who started the tradition in Germany in 1747. At that time it was just a red ruff wrapped around a candle.

It was popularized in the United Kingdom by John Pensom in 1968. He was raising funds for the charity The Children\'s Society . In the 2000s over 5,000 Christingle
services were being held in the UK every year.


A Christingle
usually consists of:

* An orange, representing the world * A candle pushed into the centre of the orange, then lit, representing Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
as Light of the World * A red ribbon wrapped around the orange or a paper frill around the candle, representing the blood of Christ * Dried fruits and/or sweets skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons

In 2006, Chelmsford Cathedral in the UK announced they would be replacing the candles with glowsticks .


* ^ A B C "How to make a Christingle". Tees. BBC. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2014. * ^ "Moravian Customs". The Moravian Church British Province. * ^ A B C D E F "Christingle: The Christmas
tradition that only got going in the 1960s". BBC News. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. * ^ A B "What is Christingle?". The Children's Society. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2016-12-20. * ^ Sapsted, David (13 December 2006). "Cathedral puts out the flames of Christingle". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 Decemb